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UN to start monitoring only after Govt-Maoists deal

The UN will start its work relating to arms management and only after the government and the Maoists sign a peace agreement.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 17:59 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The UN would start its peace monitoring process, including arms management, in Nepal only after the government and the Maoists ink an agreement, a Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General said on Friday.

"The UN is here to support the peace process, not to dictate or to enforce its methods," Ian Martin, who is heading the UN mission assisting the peace process, told reporters.

The UN is not coming with any model to apply in Nepal, he said adding the country peace process "is very unique in the world."

"We will utilise our expertise and experience to help settle the ten year conflict," he said.

The UN would start its work relating to management of arms and armies of both sides after the government and the Maoists sign an agreement, Martin said.

Initially, the UN's mission is here for six months, but it may be extended if there is a need, he said in response to a query.

Martin hoped that when the UN's monitoring process begins, the violation of rights including intimidation, extortion and abductions by the Maoists would be checked.

He said the UN has prioritised halting the use of children as child soldiers in conflict-hit Nepal.

Leaders from both sides have hinted of a possible major breakthrough during a fresh rounds of talks scheduled on Sunday.

Martin heads a five-member team which includes military advisor Jan Erik Wilhelmsen, political advisor John Norris, ceasefire monitoring advisor John Bevan and electoral adviser Catinca Slavu.

First Published: Oct 13, 2006 17:59 IST